Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: How and when to see it this weekend

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The annual Lyrid meteor shower is just around the corner, which gives stargazers worldwide a modicum of time to prepare for the cosmic treat that will unfold during the next week and a half.

The Lyrid meteor shower has come around again, it is active each year from about April 16 to 25.

The Lyrid meteor shower will go on for nearly the rest of the month, lasting until April 25.

Lyrid meteors will appear to radiate from this position in the sky on April 22, 2018; here shown at 1 a.m. local time over New York City.

While meteor showers are hard to accurately predict, you'll probably get your best glimpse of it in the early morning hours of April 22 (if you're in the northern hemisphere), when the waxing moon is least likely to interfere. The very best watching times want midnight.

The Lyrid meteor shower actually started on Monday and runs through April 25, but the best chance to see shooting stars will happen in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 22, according to the Skymania website.

Getty Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When to see the Lyrid meteor shower?

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Lyrid meteors are small chunks of rock that broke off of Comet Thatcher

The peak of the Lyrid shower is essentially a burst of meteors, which typically lasts for less than a day and can, on occasion, reach remarkable numbers of up to 100 meteors or more (a phenomenon called an "outburst"). But this particular meteor shower tends to be unpredictable.

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"The moon will be really favorable for them this year; it will set by the time the Lyrid radiant is high in the sky", Cooke told Space.com. Do not forget to allow your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, The Indy Channel advises, and enjoy the magnificent show. Here's everything you need to know. Don't look directly toward the radiant, though, because you might miss the meteors with the longest tails.

The radiant - the point from which the meteors appear to originate - will be high in the evening sky in the constellation Lyra to the northeast of Vega, one of the brightest stars visible in the night sky this time of year.

The astronomical event is expected to produce as many as 20 shooting stars per hour - as long as the skies remain clear.

Lyrids are pieces of debris from the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and have been observed for more than 2,700 years, NASA said, which makes them one of the oldest known showers.

The shower happens when the earth crosses through debris from the comet Thatcher.

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